Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hands Off My Health Care Barry!

Americans for Prosperity to Hold Historic “Hands Off My Health Care” Rally in DC as Supreme Court Takes Up Legal Challenge to Obamacare

The rally will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM (ET) in Washington, DC

AFP Citizen Activists, Including Nearly 1,000 from New York and New Jersey, Will Descend on DC and Call on Supreme Court to Strike Down Unconstitutional Government Takeover of Health Care

BOGOTA, NJ – Americans for Prosperity, the state’s leading free-market, grassroots organization will deliver close to a thousand citizen activists from the New York/New Jersey area to Washington, D.C. this coming Tuesday, March 27, for the group’s “Hands Off My Health Care” rally.

The rally will take place in Upper Senate Park, near the Supreme Court Building, as the nation’s highest court takes up the most important case in a generation: the multi-state challenge to the constitutionality of the government health care takeover.

The “Hands Off My Health Care” rally is expected to draw thousands of citizen activists from across the country and will be headlined by numerous congressional leaders, including Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

Americans for Prosperity state director Steve Lonegan has issued the following statement in advance of next week’s momentous rally.

“Two years ago, despite months of public opposition and outcry, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Democratic Congress rammed through their government health care takeover, trampling on the Constitution and violating the right of American citizens to make their own health care choices.

“The burden now falls on the Supreme Court to preserve, protect and defend those precious freedoms bequeathed to us by the framers. The Court must rule the individual mandate, compelling American citizens to purchase health insurance against their will, to be unconstitutional, inseverable from the rest of the law and, thus, strike down this vicious assault on our rights in toto.

“On Tuesday, thousands of patriots from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. to deliver this very message to the nine Supreme Court justices and to the nation at large: We will not stand for our Constitutional rights and liberties to be infringed. We demand that this law be overturned”

Coalition Co-sponsors include:

60 Plus Association
American Doctors for Truth
Americans for Tax Reform
Concerned Women for America
Doctor Patient Medical Association
Eagle Forum
Family Research Council
Hagerstown Tea Party
Heartland Institute
Institute for Liberty
Let Freedom Ring
Restore America's Voice Now
Smart Girl Politics
Students for Life
The Richmond Patriots
Tea Party Express
Tea Party Patriots
Tea Party WDC
The Mommy Lobby

Obamacare Will Have Tax Hikes on Young Adults and Children

The jobs-killing Obamacare law contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and employers. Many of these tax increases fall on families making less than $250,000 — a direct violation of candidate Obama’s promise not to raise “any form” of taxes on these families.

Out of the 20 new or higher taxes in Obamacare, there are four that most hurt young adults and children. Every single one of these taxes violates President Obama’s “firm pledge” not to raise any form of taxes on families making less than $250,000.

The first is the “individual mandate” excise tax. Under Obamacare, all young adults must purchase “qualifying health insurance” (defined by unelected federal bureaucrats) or face an excise tax penalty of at least 2.5 percent of adjusted gross income. For many people in their late 20s or early 30s, health insurance may not fit into a budget that includes paying back student loans, starting a family or finding a job. Others might want to obtain health insurance, but find their preferred plan is no longer “qualified” by President Obama’s HHS bureaucrats. Raising taxes on young people is the wrong way to get them to buy health insurance.

The second Obamacare tax hike on young adults and kids is the “medicine cabinet tax.” This tax increase is already in effect. Since January of 2011, young people have not been able to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines from their flex-spending accounts (FSAs) or health savings accounts (HSAs). Since many young people require only light use of medical providers and can treat many illnesses over the counter, this tax increase falls on a large percentage of their actual out-of-pocket health expenditures.

The third Obamacare tax hike on young adults and kids is on FSAs. Many young people and parents of young children participate in flex accounts (FSAs) at work. Obamacare imposes a new cap of $2,500 per year on these accounts, which currently face no limits from the tax code. This will, again, fall largely on parents with young children. Consider braces, for example. A parent needing to buy a $4,000 pair of braces might want to run that cost through their flex account to make it pre-tax. A $2,500 cap makes that impossible for the whole cost.

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